Reddy v. Kelly

Brief of Amicus Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of the Appellant Seeking Reversal.

Brief filed: 08/14/2015


Reddy v. Kelly

6th Circuit Court of Appeals; Case No. 2014-4002

Prior Decision

Decision below 2014 WL 4472614 (N.D.Ohio Sept. 10, 2014).


The state court did not adjudicate Mr. Reddy’s ineffective assistance claim on the merits. The nature of PTSD supports the lesser-included offense of voluntary manslaughter. Any objective standard of reasonableness requires trial counsel to investigate and present evidence of known mental health disorders that are relevant to key issues in the case.

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